HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The University Of Connecticut is making a big commitment to get more high school kids from New Haven and Hartford into UConn. It’s aimed at kids who are good students from households with annual incomes of less than $60,000.
Work is underway for the new UConn Downtown Hartford campus at the old ‘Hartford Times’ building behind city hall. The target is less than 24 months away and today, the University made a commitment to helping to get more inner city kids into that college campus.
Just one month after announcing a commitment to New Haven high school kids for scholarships of up to $5,000 per year, the University of Connecticut is announcing
they’re going to do it in Hartford too.
Through corporate and private donations; the “New Haven Promise” and the “Hartford Promise” programs provide $20,000 scholarships. This additional commitment from UConn will add another $5,000 per year for whatever costs remain like room and board, books, or uncovered tuition charges.
To qualify, students must attend a city public high school since 9th grade, have a 93 percent or better attendance record, and at least a 3.0 grade point average.
“That brings the cost down extremely low,” said UConn President Susan Herbst in making the announcement today at Hartford Public High School.
And it’s not just for a lucky one or two young scholars, it’s unlimited potentially affecting hundreds of kids that are top students. An educational ‘game changer.’
“It’s just my mom working and it’s me and my brother going to college at the same time,” said Hartford Public Senior Jordan Freeman.
Added senior Shamar Richards, “Coming from a family where we don’t have a lot of money and we’re low income, I think that this helps me out a lot.” Senior Laura Webster saying, “I was really afraid I wouldn’t be able to get into UConn because of financial aid.”
There are hundreds of students from New Haven and Hartford at UConn now by the time the new Hartford campus opens in 2017, under this program, there should be hundreds more.